Joe Malone (ice hockey)

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Joe Malone
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1950
Malone with the Hamilton Tigers.
Born(1890-02-28)February 28, 1890
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Died May 15, 1969(1969-05-15) (aged 79)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Quebec Bulldogs
Waterloo Colts
Montreal Canadiens
Hamilton Tigers
Playing career 19101924

Maurice Joseph "Phantom Joe" Malone (February 28, 1890 – May 15, 1969) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played in the National Hockey Association and National Hockey League. He was notable for his scoring feats and his clean play. He scored the third-most career goals of any player in major hockey's first half-century (behind Newsy Lalonde and Nels Stewart) and is the only player in the history of the NHL to score seven goals in a single game.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Centre (ice hockey) ice hockey position

The centre in ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice, away from the side boards. Centres have more flexibility in their positioning and are expected to cover more ice surface than any other player. Centres are ideally stronger, faster skaters who can back-check quickly from deep in the opposing zone. Generally, centres are expected to be gifted passers more than goal scorers, although there are exceptions. They are also expected to have exceptional "ice vision", intelligence, and creativity. They also generally are the most defensively oriented forwards on the ice. Centres usually play as part of a line of players that are substituted frequently to keep fresh and keep the game moving. First-liners are usually the top players, although some top players make the second line to allow for offensive scoring opportunities.


Playing career

Malone broke in at the age of 19 for the Quebec Bulldogs of the Eastern Canada Hockey Association in the 1909 season, scoring eight goals in 12 games. The next season the NHA formed, but Quebec was left out of the loop, so he played for the Waterloo Colts in the Ontario Professional Hockey League. Rejoining Quebec in 1911, he was named the team captain and so served for the Bulldogs' seven NHA seasons. Centering linemates such as Eddie Oatman and Jack Marks, he led the Bulldogs to the Stanley Cups in 1912 and 1913 - rampaging for a career-best nine goals in a Cup match against Sydney - while recording remarkable scoring marks of 43 goals in 20 games in 1913. His brother Jeff Malone was also played for Quebec in 1913 when they won the Stanley Cup. In 1917 Joe scored 41 goals in 19 games for Quebec.

Quebec Bulldogs Ice hockey team from 1878 to 1920

The Quebec Bulldogs were a men's senior-level ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The team was officially known as the Quebec Hockey Club, and later as the Quebec Athletic Club. One of the first organized ice hockey clubs, the club debuted in 1878 with the opening of the Quebec Skating Rink. The club continued as an amateur team through various leagues, eventually becoming professional in 1908. The club would play in the National Hockey Association and the National Hockey League. In 1920, the team moved to Hamilton, Ontario and became the Hamilton Tigers.

Waterloo Colts

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When the NHL was founded in 1917, Quebec did not operate a team its first season and the team's players were dispersed amongst the other teams. Malone was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens. Playing on what was one of the most powerful forward lines of all time with Newsy Lalonde and Didier Pitre, Malone shifted to left wing to accommodate the great Lalonde, and was the NHL's first scoring leader, registering 44 goals in 20 games, a record total that would stand as the NHL's single season goal scoring mark until 1945 and a record per-game average that stands to this day. (If such an average was sustained over today's 82-game schedule, it would result in 180 goals, nearly double Wayne Gretzky's record of 92.) Malone scored at least one goal (and a total of 35 goals) in his first 14 NHL games to set the record for the longest goal-scoring streak to begin an NHL career. [1] This streak still stands as the second-longest goal-scoring streak in NHL history.

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Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League team in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Newsy Lalonde Ice hockey and lacrosse player

Édouard Cyrille "Newsy" Lalonde was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward in the National Hockey League (NHL) and a professional lacrosse player. Lalonde is regarded as one of hockey's and lacrosse's greatest players of the first half of the 20th century and one of sport's most colourful characters. He played for the Montreal Canadiens – considered to be the original "Flying Frenchman" – in the National Hockey Association and the NHL. He also played for the WCHL's Saskatoon Sheiks.

The following season Malone suffered an injured arm and missed most of the regular season, although he scored five goals in five games in the league final series against the Ottawa Senators; the lingering injury held him out of the ill-fated Cup finals against the Seattle Metropolitans.

Ottawa Senators (original) ice hockey team in Ottawa, Canada, from 1883 to 1954

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Seattle Metropolitans ice hockey team from the United States

The Seattle Metropolitans were a professional ice hockey team based in Seattle, Washington which played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1915 to 1924. They won the Stanley Cup in 1917, becoming the first American team to do so, eleven years before the NHL's American franchise, the New York Rangers did so in 1928. The Metropolitans played their home games at the Seattle Ice Arena.

Quebec revived its franchise in 1919 and Malone rejoined his club, once more leading the league in scoring with 39 goals, and setting a single game goal-scoring mark which still stands of seven against Toronto on January 31, 1920. However, the team was very weak on the ice—its goaltender had the poorest goals-against average the NHL would ever see (7.13 GAA) - and recorded a 4-20 record on the season.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Canadian professional ice hockey team

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. With an estimated value of US $1.45 billion in 2018 according to Forbes, the Maple Leafs are the second most valuable franchise in the NHL, after the New York Rangers. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.

The team was relocated to Hamilton for the 1921 season. Despite missing the first four games of the season as well as the franchise's continued poor performance, Malone still finished fourth in league scoring with 28 goals. He finished fourth in scoring the following season as well.

Hamilton Tigers former ice hockey team in the NHL

The Hamilton Tigers were a professional ice hockey team based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They competed in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1920 to 1925. The Tigers were formed by the sale of the Quebec Bulldogs NHL franchise to Hamilton interests. After years of struggling, the franchise finished first in the league in the 1924–25 NHL season, but a players' strike before the playoffs resulted in the franchise's dissolution. The players' contracts were sold to New York City interests to stock the expansion New York Americans. A namesake amateur team existed prior to and during the NHL team's existence, and a minor league professional team named the Hamilton Tigers existed from 1926 to 1930.

The 1920–21 NHL season was the fourth season of the National Hockey League (NHL). Four teams each played 24 games in a split season. The Quebec franchise was transferred to Hamilton, Ontario, to become the Hamilton Tigers. The Ottawa Senators won the league championship in a playoff with the Toronto St. Patricks. The Senators went on to win the Stanley Cup by defeating the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association three games to two in a best-of-five series. This would be the last split season before the NHL changed its regular season and playoff formats.

After trading Lalonde, the Canadiens traded for Malone in 1923, but he scored only a single goal that season while generally playing as a substitute. He played nine games without scoring the next season, playing his last game on January 23 against his former mates in Hamilton, before retiring. The Canadiens did not include his name on the Cup in 1924, because he did not play in the playoffs. However, he is credited by the NHL as winning his third Stanley Cup that season.

Malone finished his career with 343 goals and 32 assists over 15 professional seasons.


Malone was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950, and is also a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. [2]

In 1998, he was ranked number 39 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players [3] . The list was announced 74 years after his last game and 91 years after his professional debut, making him the earliest player on the list. [4]

His nephew, Cliff Malone, briefly played in the NHL as well.

Malone died of a heart attack on May 15, 1969, in Montreal, Quebec.

Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1907–08Quebec CrescentsQAHA
1908–09 Quebec Bulldogs ECHA 1280817
1909–10Quebec Bulldogs CHA 25053
1909–10 Waterloo Colts OPHL 121001016
1910–11 Quebec Bulldogs NHA 139093
1911–12 Quebec BulldogsNHA18210210
1911–12 Quebec Bulldogs St-Cup 25050
1912–13 Quebec BulldogsNHA204304334
1912–13 Quebec BulldogsSt-Cup19090
1913–14 Quebec BulldogsNHA172442820
1914–15 Quebec BulldogsNHA121652121
1915–16 Quebec BulldogsNHA2425103521
1916–17 Quebec BulldogsNHA194184915
1917–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20444483021013
1918–19 Montreal CanadiensNHL8729355273
1919–20 Quebec BulldogsNHL2439104912
1920–21 Hamilton Tigers NHL20289376
1921–22 Hamilton TigersNHL24247314
1922–23 Montreal CanadiensNHL20101220000
1923–24 Montreal CanadiensNHL100000
NHA totals12317927206114
NHL totals126143321755796286
St-Cup totals3140140


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  4. Dryden, Steve (1997). The Top 100 NHL Players Of All Time. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc. p. 160.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Quebec Bulldogs captain
1910–1917, 1919–1920
Succeeded by
Relocated as
Hamilton Tigers
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
NHL scoring champion
Succeeded by
Newsy Lalonde
Preceded by
Newsy Lalonde
NHL scoring champion
Succeeded by
Newsy Lalonde